As I’m sure you’ve seen in recent news about the injustices and murder of Black people in America. This is beyond heart-breaking. These citizens need justice and change. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. David McAtee. James Scurlock. Sandra Bland. And so many more.
Make sure you know about what is happening in America. The protests. How the police treat people. It is horrifying. Don’t let the mainstream media be your only source because they lie and hide things. Educate yourself and listen.
Petitions to sign: (don’t use charge.org to donate as it is a private organisation but please sign and make sure you confirm your email address)
- George Floyd Go Fund Me
- Freedom Funds
- Thread of mutual aid funds
- **WATCH THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO, all money is donated to BLM movement in some way (listed in description)** (make sure ads are on and you watch them ALL. Don’t watch on loop as it is marked as spam. If you want to watch again, watch 3-5 different videos in between (music videos would be fine) then watch again. Watch at the highest quality and try not to pause as it doesn’t add to views.)
- more information for donations here.
What You Can Do? Sign petitions, educate yourself, donate, protect, stand up to people when you see racist behaviour and microaggressions, know what is happening in your local areas, elevate Black people’s voices. This article covered 75 things white people can do, a list of non-fiction books regarding race and list of Black book creators.
Black Lives Matter.
Also, remember the UK is racist as well, this isn’t just an US problem. It is all over the world and you educate yourself on this to learn how to do better. For the UK, I suggest ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race?’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge (she narrates the audiobook which I recommend). It is an excellent place to start.
‘Anti-Terror Bill’ in the Philippines and you can find out all about it here and find out what you can do. It effectively takes away their right and freedom to speak up about their society. It shouldn’t be taken away.
Also, the Hungarian Parliament voted in favour of a bill that outlaws legal gender recognition for trans and intersex people. You can read more about it here and sign the petition.
Of course, I hope you are all staying safe amid COVID-19 as lockdowns ease. Remember it is still important to do your best to protect loved ones, yourself and the vulnerable.
It is important to educate yourself on these matters all the time, not just now.
Cindy @ Read with Cindy hosted the Asian Readathon for Asian Heritage Month…
And I decided to participate which was a lot of fun and I read SO many great books.
Let’s look at the prompts….. (I didn’t do the group book hence it isn’t stated)
1) Read any book by an Asian author – MALAYSIAN: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
2) Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to – JAPANESE: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (main character is a woman who likes to draw)
3) Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you – INDIAN: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (main character is Indian, I’m white British)
4) Read a book recommended by an Asian – CHINESE-FILIPINO: The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco (Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea said how amazing the world was and that I should pick it up.)
Look at this wonderful list of Asian books that was made for this readathon. It is beautiful.
MY RECENT READS
INDIAN: LOVE FROM A-Z BY S. K. ALI/🎧/⭐⭐⭐⭐
I LOVED THIS CONTEMPORARY. It was the balance of serious and cute that I love. Plus, the marvel and an oddity format was so special. It was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.
CHINESE-FILIPINO: THE NEVER TILTING WORLD BY RIN CHUPECO/🎧/⭐⭐⭐.5
A really unique world and I loved the use of different perspectives. Plus, the themes of this book were SOOO good. Listening on audio made me slightly confused at parts but it became clear in the end. I do wish I connected a little more to the characters though however I need the sequel RIGHT NOW.
CHINESE: CASTER BY ELSIE CHAPMAN/🎧/⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was the fighting tournaments with magic mix I never knew I needed. The plot was really captivating and fast paced so it was definitely the book’s strongest point and kept me reading. The magic was also really cool.
CHINESE VIETNAMESE: NOT YOUR SIDEKICK BY C. B. LEE/🎧/⭐⭐⭐.5
The romance was the cutest. It had a really good narration and easy writing style making it a quick read which I enjoyed. It was fun and engaging. I do wish we got more superhero stuff. Whilst there was still a fair amount, I just wanted more.
MALAYSIAN: THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY BY HANNA ALKAF/📱/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
MY NEW FAVOURITE. This was a really good historical fiction and I love the way we were really in Melati’s head. The characters were fleshed out and the plot kept moving whilst it still stayed character driven. It was a hard read but very well done and important so I definitely recommend it.
CHINESE VIETMANESE: NOT YOUR VILLAIN BY C.B. LEE/📱/⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved this sequel as we got to experience more ‘superhero’ stuff and Bells was a great main character. A highlight of this book was definitely the friendship group as they are so fun and supportive. The plot could have been worked on a bit but still a solid read.
TAIWANESE: OUR WAYWARD FATE BY GLORIA CHAO/🎧/⭐⭐⭐.5
I really like Chao’s writing style and I love the family dynamic she writes about. This was an interesting read as it was mixed with a folktale retelling. It felt unique but basic at the same time in a good way (does that make sense?). It did have a bit of insta-love but overall a good read. I’d suggest going the audiobook way with this one.
JAPANESE: STARFISH BY AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN/📱/⭐⭐⭐⭐
The highlight of this book was the art. I loved it and I need the sketchbook. The writing was a close second because it was beautiful. If you need convincing to read this just check out books with chloe‘s vlog. The only issues were I wasn’t fully invested in the romance and felt like more could have been done with the brothers.
INDIAN: WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI BY SANDHYA MENON/📱/⭐⭐⭐
It started off stronger than it finished. I felt like the plot had quite a few lulls and for books like that I kind of need pretty prose which wasn’t this book’s style, so I struggled with that. It was still entertaining, and I’d probably watch the movie of this.
MALAYISIAN: IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN BY ZEN CHO/📱/⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a novella you can read for free on Barnes and Noble’s website which I, of course, suggest you do. It is a story with an important theme (you can guess it from the title) mixed with fantastical, mythological element. It was really good actually. 100% recommend.
HUNGRY HEARTS, EDITED BY CAROLINE TUNG RICHMOND AND ELSIE CHAPMAN/📱/⭐⭐⭐
I wasn’t expected that mix of genre and one story ending still haunts me. With most short story collections there are a few I adore, a few average and some forgettable stories and I would say this is the same. BUT the food and cultures were great and the good stories were PERFECT so I still recommend (probably when you aren’t hungry though).
YEARLY READATHON PROGRESS:
Out Of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge…
Year of The Asian Reading Challenge…
As the title suggest I’m going on hiatus for a little while. I don’t have a timeframe but I want a little break really but I will reply to comments from this post and if I’m tagged in anything (basically keep on top of notifications) so it doesn’t build up but I won’t be doing anything else.
Blogging can take up a lot of my time and whilst I enjoy it a lot, sometimes I need a break. Hopefully, this will let me focus on some other important things and I can come back feeling really energised and back on schedule for my blog.
I will miss all of you the most but hopefully soon I’ll be back (as always, I will be keeping up to date with current events as everyone should). I wish you all the best and stay safe. See you soon. ♥♥
What books have you read recently?? Have you participated in any readathons?? What is your favourite book written by an Asian author??